49ers’ All-Time Receiving TD Leaders
The 49ers have been a pro football team since 1946 and an NFL franchise since 1950, and have won five championships, all in the Super Bowl era, but none since 1995. The Niners were awesome with Joe Montana and Jerry Rice and Steve Young for a couple of decades, and have featured excellent quarterbacks and receivers for a long time. Here is a short list of the Niners’ all-time leaders in receiving touchdowns to date:
Jerry Rice (176)—Jerry Rice was maybe the greatest wide receiver to ever play the game, and I’m not sure you would get an argument from anyone about that. Rice had a brilliant career from 1985 to 2004, and played for the 49ers from 1985 to 2000, making the Pro Bowl twelve times during that span, a whopping ten times as a first team All Pro. Rice also leads the NFL all-time with 197 touchdown receptions, 176 of which came during his time playing for San Francisco, a number that leads the rest of the team by a mile. Rice had a career high 22 TD catches in 1987, a number that is astounding by itself, but even more so considering that was in just 12 games in a strike-shortened year. However, Rice’s best season was arguably 1995. That year, Rice caught 15 TDs, but notched career best numbers in receptions (122), and receiving yards (1848, led the NFL). Amazingly, the 122 catches did not lead the league as Herman Moore of Detroit had 123.
Terrell Owens (81)—Terrell Owens (T.O.) began his illustrious career with the 49ers and played in San Francisco from 1996 to 2003. He ranks second in franchise history with 81 touchdown catches, and he had arguably his best overall season in 2001, one of three seasons in which Owens went to the Pro Bowl as a first team All Pro while playing for San Francisco. That year, Owens had 93 catches for 1412 yards, and a career high 16 TD receptions (led the NFL).
Gene Washington (59)—Gene Washington played in San Francisco most of his career, from 1969 to 1977, and he ranks third in Niners’ history with 59 touchdown receptions. Washington made the Pro Bowl four times, including three times as a first team All Pro, and his best season was probably 1970. That year, Washington had career best numbers in receptions (53), receiving yards (1100, led the NFL), and receiving TDs (12, which tied a career high).
Billy Wilson (49)—Billy Wilson played for the 49ers his entire career, from 1951 to 1960, and he ranks fourth in team history with 49 touchdown catches. Wilson made the Pro Bowl six straight times from 1954 to 1959, including once as a first team All Pro, in 1957. But Wilson’s best season may have been 1953. That year, Wilson caught 51 passes for 840 yards and a career best 10 TDs (led the NFL that year).
Alyn Beals (49)—Alyn Beals had a brief career, but all with San Francisco, from 1946 to 1951. Beals ranks fifth in franchise history with 49 TD catches, and he had his best overall season in 1948. That year, Beal caught 46 passes for 591 yards, and a career best 14 touchdown receptions (led the NFL).